Governor Attends Coastwalk Legislative Reception in Sacramento

Governor Attends Coastwalk Legislative Reception in Sacramento


Coastwalk’s Second Annual Legislative Reception in celebration of the California Coastal Trail (CCT) was a big success. This year the event was also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Proposition 20, the Coastal Initiative, which began California’s Coastal Program, and was passed by a vote of the people in November of 1972.

The big news is that, thanks to a personal appeal by State Senator Noreen Evans, Governor Brown dropped in on Coastwalk’s event and shared some conversation and ideas.

Resources Secretary, John Laird began the event’s program by giving some excellent remarks about the importance of the Trail and the need for all agencies to work collaboratively to finish the Trail. He thanked Coastwalk, as the leading non-profit advocating for the Trail, for all its efforts and accomplishments.

Mary Shallenberger, Chair of the Coastal Commission, delivered short remarks regarding the huge impacts the Coastal Initiative has had on California’s coastline. Charles Lester, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission also made excellent remarks and spoke of his first year at the helm of the Commission and his commitment to maintaining California’s high level of coastal protection.

In summation, Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy, spoke about progress on the Coastal Trail and the Conservancy’s important partnership with Coastwalk. He also discussed the critical value of the project that the Conservancy will be working on with Coastwalk over the next three years. This project will build a coalition (association) of Coastal Trail owners and stakeholders. He explained that this coalition will be crucial to the success of the Coastal Trail and that all long distance trails have similar
supporting groups.

The Reception was attended by a spectrum of legislators as well as Sacramento based environmental advocates including the Director of Sierra Club California, Kathryn Phillips, and the new Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League, Bruce Reznik.

It is critical to the future of the Trail that Coastwalk continue its education of each newly elected group of legislators about the Trail’s existence and its importance, both as a cornerstone of coastal protection, and an economic engine. Coastwalk looks forward to its 3rd legislative reception in 2013.

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New Podcasts Featuring Coastal Hero Peter Douglas

Coastwalk Awarded New Grant From Coastal Conservancy to Fund Formation of Coastal Trail Alliance

Coastwalk Holds Fantastic 29th Walks Season

New Podcasts Featuring Coastal Hero Peter Douglas

New Podcasts Featuring Coastal Hero Peter Douglas

In celebration of the Coastal Initiative’s 40th Anniversary, Coastwalk is offering new Podcasts that feature the voice of the late Peter Douglas. Peter, who was the Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission, was also instrumental in the passage of Proposition 20, the California Coastal Initiative which passed in 1972. The Coastal Initiative led to the Coastal Act and founding of the California Coastal Commission and then the State Coastal Conservancy. These form the foundation of California’s coastal protection program. Coastwalk’s podcasts, produced in partnership with KRCB, a public broadcasting station located in Sonoma County, were funded by a Whale Tail Grant from the Coastal Commission. The podcasts are based on interviews conducted by Coastal Commission Legislative Director, Sarah Christie.

Go to Coastwalk’s web site ( and listen to these fascinating stories of the Coastal Commission’s work in protecting our California coastline.

Your will hear:

* How the Coastal Commission took on the Southern Pacific Railroad in Monterey, and protected the right-of-way that is now a popular multi-use trail along the edge of Monterey Bay.

* How the Coastal Commission used public access policies of the Coastal Act to force an exclusive men’s club in Santa Monica, the Jonathan Club, to drop its discriminatory membership policies.

* How the Coastal Act prevented the historic cottages at Crystal Cove from being converted into a private, luxury hotel in a state park.

At present you can go to Coastwalk’s website to listen to these podcasts while sitting at your computer. Coastwalk is also seeking funding to make these podcasts instantly available on smart phones using GPS positioning so hikers can have the benefit of a “virtual” docent while walking on the Coastal Trail segment to which each of these stories pertain.

Read more on Coastwalk in 2012

Coastwalk Awarded New Grant From Coastal Conservancy to Fund Formation of Coastal Trail Alliance

Governor Attends Coastwalk Legislative Reception in Sacramento

Coastwalk Holds Fantastic 29th Walks Season


Coastwalk California Awarded Grant

Coastwalk California was awarded a new grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Board members voted in favor of the new grant in mid-October 2012. This grant will fund a collaborative effort to build a network of coastal cities, counties and stakeholders that own a strand of the trail. This network will share Trail information and resources, working together to complete the California Coastal Trail.

Coastal Cleanup Day: September 15, 2012

Coastwalk sponsors the Sonoma County cleanup on over 15 beaches and 8 inland sites. Register online today to pick your site! Click read more below to find out more about the cleanup.

Last year Sonoma County volunteers picked up over 6000 lbs of trash and recycling!

California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, and is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

View Coastal Cleanup Day in a larger map

Click a Beach to Register!

Registration is now closed. Drop-ins are welcome on Saturday at the Salmon Creek Ranger Station, or show up to Wright’s Beach!

Bring your reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles if you have them. And join volunteers for a free BBQ and raffle at the Bodega Dunes Day Use area.

Blind Beach FULL

Bodega Dunes FULL

Bodega Head FULL

Doran Beach FULL

Goat Rock Beach FULL

North Jenner Beach FUL

North Salmon Creek Beach FULL

Pinnacle Gulch FULL

Portuguese Beach FULL

Russian Gulch FULL

Shell Beach

South Salmon Creek Beach

Wright’s Beach

Or join an inland cleanup!

Petaluma River Cleanup:
Friends of the Petaluma River parking lot
260H N. Water St.
Register Online!

Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup:
Doyle Park entrance, south of Sonoma Ave.
Contact Alistair Bleifuss

Sonoma Ecology Center
Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Nathanson Creek Preserve, and Larson Regional Park
Contact Jim Chayka

WHY ARE BEACH CLEANUPS IMPORTANT? California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!

For cleanups in other areas check out the links below.

California Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup

For more info, contact Coastwalk: (800) 550-6854.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Sonoma County Water Council 

Marin’s Wild Coastwalk

September 17-22. Enjoy the wild coast and open spaces of Marin County with all its natural wonders. Don’t miss this incredible hike and your last chance to join a Coastwalk for the 2012 season! Click the Overnight Hikes tab for more information and to register!

San Elijo Lagoon Hike

San Elijo Lagoon Hike

A great hike with the San Diego Sierra Club and hike leader Sondra Morison in the San Diego Wetlands. . On Saturday, May 5,  hikers left from the La Orilla Trailhead and spent the next 7 miles hiking and learned about the diverse ecological habitats of the area, as well as the California Coastal Trail.

The San Elijo Lagoon is located between Encinitas and Solana Beach in the northern part of San Diego County over approximately 1,00o acres. The lagoon is an ecological reserve that houses an impressive ecological habitat: with over 300 species of plants, over 20 species of fish, over 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, 24 species of mammals and over 295 species of birds.

To learn more about the lagoon visit the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve webpage here.

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy does important work to protect the area. Learn more by clicking here.

A huge thank you to Sondra Morison for putting together this hike, and to the Sierra Club for registering hikers. Sondra Morison leads hikes with the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club.

Stay tuned for more day hikes by visiting our Day Hikes page.